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Treasures in the Mission

What do a well-loved erector set, worn metal toolboxes, and a whimsical birdhouse all have in common? They can all be found at Stuff on Valencia near Duboce in the Mission.

Stuff is an antique-modern collective made up of 25 vendors, overseen by Will Lenker and James Spinello, former owners of the now closed Aunt Bill’s Antiques in Oakland, a once well-known stop for treasure hunters in the East Bay.

At their new venture, Stuff, vendors carry a variety of items including some of the obvious San Francisco staples, such as mid-century modern, Art Deco, and Oriental furniture, as well as art and small collectibles. Stuff’s vendors spend all those extra hours you don’t have driving around and procuring treasures by combing through thousands of items at estate sales, flea markets, etc., and bringing back the fun stuff to be sold to the public.

The store takes up 8,200 square feet in what was once Cottrell’s Furniture Store, but was most recently a car rental agency. For you, that’s significant because it means there is a parking lot right next to the store, where Stuff will host future flea markets.

Unlike some warehouse-sized antique stores, Stuff is spaced out to make it very easy to navigate from one vendor space to the next without being overwhelmed. But, it really can be quite exhausting to move through dozens of veal-sized vendor stalls.

Unlike many antique stores, the vendors at Stuff carry many reasonably priced items, and they are also a helpful and amiable staff.

Inventory moves fast here, but when I visited, I found a wide variety of “stuff,” including ceiling tiles painted white and green and turned into a folding screen ($900); a mouse diorama ($95); an early Eames Evans chair ($795 on sale), and an oil painting of a seascape ($295).

Out of curiosity I had to look specifically at the pricing on the items that I already own, such as the Franciscan Desert Rose cereal bowls ($6) and the set of Corning Corelle Spring Blossom Green Flowers cup ($15 for 6 cups). Though one thing I freaked out over that I didn’t already have were the Marimekko fabric squares ($25-$40 each).

Speaking of fabric, vintage clothing is a difficult thing to collect because of its delicate nature (well, expect for those 1970s synthetic fibers), and there are a few vendors in this space. Some standouts included a 1960s white faux fur topcoat ($125) and a black silk velvet opera coat with rabbit fur trim from the 1920s ($150).

Big ticket items, like major furniture pieces such as 1940s burl walnut deco buffet ($4,980), a matching hutch ($3,450), and a 1960s Italian armoire are available, as well ($2950).

If your tastes run a little quirky, you might delight in a 1930s dentist cabinet ($165), and the metal dental molds to complement your purchase ($12 each).

There is something to make everyone happy. The only thing that I don’t like is the name — it doesn’t do justice to all of the wonderful “things” inside.

150 Valencia St.
Cross: Duboce Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Sunday: 10am - 9pm
Monday: 10am - 9pm
Tuesday: 10am - 9pm
Wednesday: 10am - 9pm
Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday: 10am - 9pm
Saturday: 10am - 9pm